Serbian for foreigners

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If you are a foreigner and if you wish to learn serbian plus find out more about Serbia and its culture, the educational centre BEJZA is the right place for you. Our study program is unique since it involves not only the language studying but also provides information about some important segments of the serbian culture and lifestyle. Thus, your studies/business dealings in Serbia will be made considerably easier.

The modern course for learning Serbian as a foreign language guarantees successful and quick learning of the language at any level. Multimedia classrooms significantly facilitate teaching activities, student–teacher and student-student communication. The teaching activities include active utilization of four language learning skills (reading, writing, listening and conversation), the conditions for which are provided in computer furnished classrooms. In this way, the use of the language-medium is reduced to minimum, which is very important for our students of different national background. During the weekend, you can watch film projections, attend various cocktails and presentations held in our educational centre. We also offer to you the possibility to use our small archives, which is comprised of magazines, newspapers and other different materials.

Textbooks used in our centre are: „Naučimo srpski 1 (Let`s learn serbian 1)“ and „Naučimo srpski 2 (Let`s learn serbian 2)“, while as the additional resource material we also use the CDs from the same edition, PowerPoint presentations and numerous exercises which are done in each class.

Serbian Language Course

Curriculum

BEGINNERS COURSE – Level 1

At Level 1 of the Beginners course, students are introduced to the elementary grammatical constructions and the structure of the serbian language. At this level, the student learns reading and writing skills, and begins to use simple sentences. The Present tense is learned, while the gender of nouns and pronouns is also studied in much detail. By using the four cases (nominative, genitive, acusative and locative), and knowing how to use nouns and pronouns and the Present Tense, the students are already able to communicate in everyday situations which are not too demanding in view of terminology. Great attention in classes is paid to conversation, so that our students are prepared from the very beginning how to manage in different situations: how to introduce and present themselves, when going shopping (at the bakery, at the green market, in the fast food store, at a restaurant/café), when making telephone calls and alike. Students at this level can understand short questions regarding the above-mentioned situations, and they can express themselves using simple constructions about these topics.

BEGINNERS COURSE – Level 2

At Level 2, the use of cases in the serbian language is studied in more detail, adjectives are learned as well as modal verbs, prepositions, ordinal numbers, cases, and the students are introduced also to the aspect of verbs in Serbian. Upon the completion of this level, the student is able to describe, using short sentences, his/her daily habits, he/she can speak about clothes, TV programme, family, house objects and their arrangement. The student will also learn the terminology related to: the exchage office transactions, going to the hairdresser`s, telling the time, different foodstuffs, describing the people and their constitution, etc.

BEGINNERS COURSE – Level 3

By the completion of Level 3, the students will have learned all cases, which makes the conversation and understanding of Serbian much easier. Having learned the simple tenses (Present Tense, Past Tense, Future Tense), they can express their feelings and opinions on various topics. Since the emphasis is placed on the practical usage of the language, after the completion of this level, our students are able to converse in the following situations:

  1. at the postoffice
  2. at the customs office
  3. in a hotel
  4. in a tourist agency
  5. at the doctor`s
  6. in a taxi and when calling a taxi
  7. on a trip
  8. at the airport, bus and railway station

The students are able to speak about various topics, read short newspaper articles, announcements, they can describe different events regarding the past, the present and the future, they are able to give orders and requests (using the imperative). In short, they are able to express, within the studied grammar points and vocabulary, their feelings, thoughts and wishes regarding the topics they are familiar with.